Freedom!

Nov. 22nd, 2013 03:35 pm
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I finished up my captivity eeg last night, and the tech came and took the equipment away so they can read the tape. I am left with a ring of surface burns around my forehead, and probably more on my scalp. I look like a plague victim, but I'm not contagious, honest, it's just that me and electricity have a very intense relationship. Fortunately, of all my vanity, little of it is reserved for my face. So that works out. And it will heal eventually, as long as I can keep from picking at it, which so far has been a moderately successful venture.

I don't think I had any seizures while they were watching, but I did have some dizzy spells, so we will see if that is worth anything from a diagnostic perspective. Otherwise, it will be like when you take your car into the mechanic because it's making a noise, and the shop keeps it for three days but can't get it to make the noise, so it's a lot of trouble and not a lot of use. But who knows? Maybe I have interesting neurological events in my sleep.

While awake, I mostly ended up watching television during the study, which is fine, because exposure to flashing lights and colors is one of the things they want to look at. I am now caught up on Sherlock, for example. And 98% of Henry IV part 1, except that my DVD player choked and died immediately after Hal killed Hotspur. I don't think that much happens thereafter except for reconciliations and wrap=ups, but still. Annoying. The DVD player on the laptop either is completely useless or is not very good and reading home-burned discs. I'm going to have to watch the end of the play on the real television, I guess. Which is fine. It's in a different room from the one I've been seeing too much of this week.

As far as useful things go, I did not have much hope of accomplishing any, once I grasped that I was only allowed to be in the living room for the bulk of the time. I did start a batch of cocoa brandy for the holidays, got the Longest Night Ball tickets page up and running, and worked on my gleeman's cloak a bit (that being the go-to project for pretty much any time I have with nothing pressing to do). But that was about it. Didn't even get to make my pie, after all that. I guess I will do that tomorrow. Something to look forward to. :)

Very Sad.

Mar. 18th, 2008 10:18 am
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (funny world)
So yesterday, when it was cold and crappy and rained all day, I formulated a plan. I have a lot of vacation time, and I was thinking I'd just find a spot on the calendar where I had a few free days together, and take some time off and go somewhere warm. Nothing big, just go hang out somewhere warm and pleasant for a few days.

Examining the calendar, however, I discover that I will not have enough free days in a row to go anywhere until well after the point of the year at which it will begin to be warm *here*. Gah. Seriously.

I'm still thinking I might take a day or two off from work some time in the next few weeks, though. Can't really go anywhere, but maybe just being off from work would be good.

Very Sad.

Mar. 18th, 2008 10:18 am
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
So yesterday, when it was cold and crappy and rained all day, I formulated a plan. I have a lot of vacation time, and I was thinking I'd just find a spot on the calendar where I had a few free days together, and take some time off and go somewhere warm. Nothing big, just go hang out somewhere warm and pleasant for a few days.

Examining the calendar, however, I discover that I will not have enough free days in a row to go anywhere until well after the point of the year at which it will begin to be warm *here*. Gah. Seriously.

I'm still thinking I might take a day or two off from work some time in the next few weeks, though. Can't really go anywhere, but maybe just being off from work would be good.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Apparently, I'm not going to recover from the flu, I'm just going to turn into some sort of shambling plague zombie, and wander about a post-apocalyptic wasteland groaning and searching for fresh brains, warm tea, and tylenol. You will know that I have become a plague zombie because I'll be out of the house but still in my bathrobe. So, if you see me lurching down your street in a bathrobe making imploring pill-bottle gestures, just go ahead and knock off my head with a cricket bat. Don't hesitate, don't recall the friend you once had, just go ahead and dispatch me. It's always the sentimentality that does them in in the movies.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Apparently, I'm not going to recover from the flu, I'm just going to turn into some sort of shambling plague zombie, and wander about a post-apocalyptic wasteland groaning and searching for fresh brains, warm tea, and tylenol. You will know that I have become a plague zombie because I'll be out of the house but still in my bathrobe. So, if you see me lurching down your street in a bathrobe making imploring pill-bottle gestures, just go ahead and knock off my head with a cricket bat. Don't hesitate, don't recall the friend you once had, just go ahead and dispatch me. It's always the sentimentality that does them in in the movies.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Meez 3D avatar avatars games

Now why can't I get an aviator jacket that fits that well in real life? I ask you. In other news, I just got a haircut, and I'm sad to say that my hair pretty much does look like that now. They cut off my Aeon Flux pointy bits in the front!!!! I mean, you go in, you say, "Short in the back and leave the long bits in front the longest part, please", and then, WHACK. I mean, we did eventually, on the third pass, get to short in the back, but by then, my pointy bits were gone.

I'm pretty sure those were the seat of my superpowers. I am such a sad, sad thing.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Meez 3D avatar avatars games

Now why can't I get an aviator jacket that fits that well in real life? I ask you. In other news, I just got a haircut, and I'm sad to say that my hair pretty much does look like that now. They cut off my Aeon Flux pointy bits in the front!!!! I mean, you go in, you say, "Short in the back and leave the long bits in front the longest part, please", and then, WHACK. I mean, we did eventually, on the third pass, get to short in the back, but by then, my pointy bits were gone.

I'm pretty sure those were the seat of my superpowers. I am such a sad, sad thing.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (giant squid)
First off, I have re-done my entire livejournal in giant squid. No reason, I just like giant squid. I thought you should know.

Second, when we got home last night, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I discovered that the toilet in the downstairs bathroom had overflowethed its cup, and the entire bathroom was in standing water. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] zylch, who was there for birthday celebrations, captained a recovery effort that was both very effective and mildly disgusting. A dehumidifier was purchased, and the toilet was stopped from running by the method of turning off the water to the tank, so the immediate crisis has been overcome. I'm thinking of tearing the toilet and sink cabinet out of that bathroom and converting it to a closet. [livejournal.com profile] zylch was also instrumental in the planning of that project, so that I feel like it might be doable, if she and [livejournal.com profile] diermuid (the other master of toilets in our acquaintance) would assist.

Having solved the toilet problem to the best of our ability, we washed up and went out for sushi, which seemed like the only logical response. The sushi was good enough to largely make up for the horror of the previous hour, so all was well.

Then, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I went to MicroCenter, so that she could buy him a birthday present and both of us early Yule gifts. Unfortunately, we had taken so long at the toilet problem and the sushi that we really didn't have time to dig into anything. I, being a simple creature and easily distracted by shiny gadgetry, got an iPod. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid's gifts are still under consideration. I'm lobbying for him to upgrade his PC.

And then! When we got home, I went to download iTunes so that I could use that shiny new iPod, and discovered that technology has moved on and left me behind. Any version of iTunes new enough to work with the iPod that I got is also new enough that it will not install on my Windows 2000 box. It checks the operating system before installing, and then shuts down. I can get iTunes 7.3.2 for the 2000 box, but the iPod wants at least 7.4. I'm hoping one of you clever individuals knows a way around this problem, because I'm not keen on installing an OS that I don't want just so I can use the toy that I do want. [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants has the proper iTunes installed on her XP laptop, but was of the opinion that I wouldn't be able to just use that because the program was keyed to work with only one iPod. I don't know if that's true, having never messed with any of this Apple stuff, and didn't have time to test it last night, so input on that is welcomed also.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
First off, I have re-done my entire livejournal in giant squid. No reason, I just like giant squid. I thought you should know.

Second, when we got home last night, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I discovered that the toilet in the downstairs bathroom had overflowethed its cup, and the entire bathroom was in standing water. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] zylch, who was there for birthday celebrations, captained a recovery effort that was both very effective and mildly disgusting. A dehumidifier was purchased, and the toilet was stopped from running by the method of turning off the water to the tank, so the immediate crisis has been overcome. I'm thinking of tearing the toilet and sink cabinet out of that bathroom and converting it to a closet. [livejournal.com profile] zylch was also instrumental in the planning of that project, so that I feel like it might be doable, if she and [livejournal.com profile] diermuid (the other master of toilets in our acquaintance) would assist.

Having solved the toilet problem to the best of our ability, we washed up and went out for sushi, which seemed like the only logical response. The sushi was good enough to largely make up for the horror of the previous hour, so all was well.

Then, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I went to MicroCenter, so that she could buy him a birthday present and both of us early Yule gifts. Unfortunately, we had taken so long at the toilet problem and the sushi that we really didn't have time to dig into anything. I, being a simple creature and easily distracted by shiny gadgetry, got an iPod. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid's gifts are still under consideration. I'm lobbying for him to upgrade his PC.

And then! When we got home, I went to download iTunes so that I could use that shiny new iPod, and discovered that technology has moved on and left me behind. Any version of iTunes new enough to work with the iPod that I got is also new enough that it will not install on my Windows 2000 box. It checks the operating system before installing, and then shuts down. I can get iTunes 7.3.2 for the 2000 box, but the iPod wants at least 7.4. I'm hoping one of you clever individuals knows a way around this problem, because I'm not keen on installing an OS that I don't want just so I can use the toy that I do want. [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants has the proper iTunes installed on her XP laptop, but was of the opinion that I wouldn't be able to just use that because the program was keyed to work with only one iPod. I don't know if that's true, having never messed with any of this Apple stuff, and didn't have time to test it last night, so input on that is welcomed also.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Asmodeus is down again. Apparently, something in the electrical system, with extra added bonus new oil leak. At this point, it doesn't even make a lot of sense to fix him again, if I'm just going to try to trade him in. Except that if I don't fix him, I won't be able to drive him to the car lot. Ergh.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Asmodeus is down again. Apparently, something in the electrical system, with extra added bonus new oil leak. At this point, it doesn't even make a lot of sense to fix him again, if I'm just going to try to trade him in. Except that if I don't fix him, I won't be able to drive him to the car lot. Ergh.

The Show

Jul. 30th, 2007 11:12 am
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
The show went... poorly.
Promised: 70+ vendors, heavily advertised, venue convenient and easy to get to, all vendors required to sell only handmade stuff.
Actual: 25 vendors, 5 of whom didn't show up. Heavily advertised by direct mail to retirement communities and a radio spot on the soft rock station. Venue easy to get to if you have been there before. I was next to a guy who was selling As Seen On TV Taco Stands.
Read more... )

The Show

Jul. 30th, 2007 11:12 am
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
The show went... poorly.
Promised: 70+ vendors, heavily advertised, venue convenient and easy to get to, all vendors required to sell only handmade stuff.
Actual: 25 vendors, 5 of whom didn't show up. Heavily advertised by direct mail to retirement communities and a radio spot on the soft rock station. Venue easy to get to if you have been there before. I was next to a guy who was selling As Seen On TV Taco Stands.
Read more... )
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
My problem is that everything sounds like fun to me.

We went to the War of the Lilies on Saturday, and now being in the SCA sounds like fun. We talked about church stewardship in Gaia's ritual for business Saturday morning, and now re-starting the Stewardship Committee sounds like fun. I was thinking about the Sacred Arts thing that I want to start, and all of the things we could do with that, and that sounds like fun. Being a ritualist is fun. Starting a pop-culture occultism group sounds like fun. Learning to decorate cakes sounds like fun. Learning Welsh, or German, or Spanish, or Yoruba -- that sounds like fun. Running my D&D campaign is fun. Making jewelry is fun. Costuming is fun. Pottery classes? Sounds like fun. Fencing? Sounds like fun. Glassblowing? Yep, fun. Flaunts and parties? Fun. Graphic design? Fun. And on and on in that manner. (I'm going to have to turn in my goth card, clearly.)

So the next time I think, "Why is all my time so packed? Why do I come to work on Monday not remembering what happened on Friday?", I know the answer. Everything sounds like fun. And, barring Fotamecus' intervention, there are only so many hours in the day. Sigh.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
My problem is that everything sounds like fun to me.

We went to the War of the Lilies on Saturday, and now being in the SCA sounds like fun. We talked about church stewardship in Gaia's ritual for business Saturday morning, and now re-starting the Stewardship Committee sounds like fun. I was thinking about the Sacred Arts thing that I want to start, and all of the things we could do with that, and that sounds like fun. Being a ritualist is fun. Starting a pop-culture occultism group sounds like fun. Learning to decorate cakes sounds like fun. Learning Welsh, or German, or Spanish, or Yoruba -- that sounds like fun. Running my D&D campaign is fun. Making jewelry is fun. Costuming is fun. Pottery classes? Sounds like fun. Fencing? Sounds like fun. Glassblowing? Yep, fun. Flaunts and parties? Fun. Graphic design? Fun. And on and on in that manner. (I'm going to have to turn in my goth card, clearly.)

So the next time I think, "Why is all my time so packed? Why do I come to work on Monday not remembering what happened on Friday?", I know the answer. Everything sounds like fun. And, barring Fotamecus' intervention, there are only so many hours in the day. Sigh.

FYIs

May. 15th, 2007 03:17 pm
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
1. With Regard To LJ-Balderdash. I have decided that the first player to reach 30 points will win an unspecified prize. Will it be cheap plastic crap harvested from my house? Comic books? Porn? Bad art? A pie? A much-coveted merit badge? Stay tuned.

2. I've been deeply irritated with my cellular phone lately (mostly because I bent the hell out of the antenna the other week and now it's all crackly, but also because it's slowly losing its ability to do neat things like hold charge or respond when I push the power button). So I tried to go through my current provider, who offers this sort of 'trade in your phone for credit on a new phone' plan. Somehow, this was not workable via the web or the telephone, but required going into the store (even though the website says you can do it via the web, and when that failed, it directed me to a phone number and assured me I could do the thing that way). So I jettisoned my current provider in a fit of pique, and signed onto a new provider, taking advantage of their free phone with signup deal. The important part of this is that there may be a few days this week during which I can't be reached on my mobile phone due to the switchover. My number, however, should be the same.

FYIs

May. 15th, 2007 03:17 pm
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
1. With Regard To LJ-Balderdash. I have decided that the first player to reach 30 points will win an unspecified prize. Will it be cheap plastic crap harvested from my house? Comic books? Porn? Bad art? A pie? A much-coveted merit badge? Stay tuned.

2. I've been deeply irritated with my cellular phone lately (mostly because I bent the hell out of the antenna the other week and now it's all crackly, but also because it's slowly losing its ability to do neat things like hold charge or respond when I push the power button). So I tried to go through my current provider, who offers this sort of 'trade in your phone for credit on a new phone' plan. Somehow, this was not workable via the web or the telephone, but required going into the store (even though the website says you can do it via the web, and when that failed, it directed me to a phone number and assured me I could do the thing that way). So I jettisoned my current provider in a fit of pique, and signed onto a new provider, taking advantage of their free phone with signup deal. The important part of this is that there may be a few days this week during which I can't be reached on my mobile phone due to the switchover. My number, however, should be the same.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Hold me)
Yesterday kind of sucked. It rained out Gaia's Beltane. So far, Beltane has been cancelled for hail, tornados, and now, flash-flooding all over the metro. Woo.

This is not the end of the greatest hits list of yesterday, though, because you also have to take into account the fact that our roof is leaking again (per N. Stephenson, it is always leaky, but at the moment it is also leaking, which is different). When the roof leaks, it leaks into the smoke detectors. When there was water in the smoke detector on the top floor of the house, it makes the smoke detector go off without cease, which sucks. So two years ago or so, we dismantled that smoke detector.

So it was sort of a surprise when the two smoke detectors on the lower level of the house went off in ear-bursting discord at 8 a.m. yesterday. We figure that the water triggered the top one, and then leaked through the system down to the bottom ones. So we dismantled them, too. Now, with any luck, we'll have a fire.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Yesterday kind of sucked. It rained out Gaia's Beltane. So far, Beltane has been cancelled for hail, tornados, and now, flash-flooding all over the metro. Woo.

This is not the end of the greatest hits list of yesterday, though, because you also have to take into account the fact that our roof is leaking again (per N. Stephenson, it is always leaky, but at the moment it is also leaking, which is different). When the roof leaks, it leaks into the smoke detectors. When there was water in the smoke detector on the top floor of the house, it makes the smoke detector go off without cease, which sucks. So two years ago or so, we dismantled that smoke detector.

So it was sort of a surprise when the two smoke detectors on the lower level of the house went off in ear-bursting discord at 8 a.m. yesterday. We figure that the water triggered the top one, and then leaked through the system down to the bottom ones. So we dismantled them, too. Now, with any luck, we'll have a fire.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (now I must die)
Last night, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and I went out with [livejournal.com profile] starrthinks for dinner at McCoy's, which is our favorite place to take out-of-town guests. The food is phenomenally tasty and reasonably priced, and they brew their own beers, several of which I believe to be the best beers in the history of beer (which is a claim I could be persuaded to fight about very easily).

Sadly, the dietary plan we're on does not allow beer. This is generally not an onerous restriction, but at McCoy's, it's a little painful. Fortunately, McCoy's also has a reasonably good selection of Scotch. So I figure I'll have some whisky instead. And lo, on the whisky list, they now display a Lagavulin, which has been my favorite of all whiskies. Life is good, right?
In which I am extremely disappointed about whisky. )

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